Once a completely natural product, much of today’s plastic is man-made and largely dependent upon fossil fuels. From polymers to nurdles, learn how plastic is created and what we can do to slow the lasting repercussions this material will have on both our planet and our lives. Continue reading
This site describes an impressive large scale attempt to clean up the plastics accumulating in the Pacific. The process is a passive ocean cleanup system, utilizing the ocean currents to their advantage. Read more about our drifting systems here. Continue reading
Critical Inquiry Question:
How do different compounds contribute to water pollution? Continue reading
Chemical products are useful, but have negative effects on our health and the environment. There are many environmentally friendly alternatives to chemical products that can reduce the exposure of toxins. Continue reading
Consider the classic white t-shirt. Annually, we sell and buy 2 billion t-shirts globally, making it one of the most common garments in the world. Continue reading
On July 26, 1943, Los Angeles was blanketed by a thick gas that stung people’s eyes and blocked out the Sun.
Pond scum is usually just a nuisance, but it can become dangerous. Check out the chemistry behind these harmful algal blooms. And don’t forget to subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions
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When the environmental conditions are right, blue-green algae (which are actually blue-green bacteria) can blossom into harmful algal blooms. These blooms can release all sorts of deadly poisons into the environment. In this episode, SOC’s Sophia Cai explains how human health could be at risk, with help from SOC’s structure-drawing extraordinaire, Lauren Wolf.
Check out the story behind this video: http://cen.acs.org/articles/94/i12/Sc…
By Megan Joyner
Grade 8: Understanding Earth and Space Systems Water Systems (watersheds)
Lesson Focus (Overall Expectations)
Big Idea: Water is crucial to life on earth and water systems influence climate and weather patterns. More specifically, after being introduced to the idea that water is a finite resource, the big idea of the day is, if the earth is known as the water planet, where does our water come from? Continue reading